Nola Ice in Sherman Oaks - anyone been?
Okay I tried their "New Orleans style" shaved ice over the weekend, and I just didn't get it. Shaved ice, liquid flavorings that I assume were concocted in a lab (someone correct me if I'm wrong) - all sorts of inventive flavors, but it seemed like $3 or $4 for a lotta nothing.
Am I missing something?
They were nice people though.
What I wouldn't do for a real Italian ice. And no, I wasn't expecting this to be one, but still, what I wouldn't do....
Yeah, I just went the other day. Wasn't expecting much, but then tried it and loved it. I mean, i was expecting a sno-cone and this was much better, the flavor stuck to the ice rather than settle to the bottom. Some of the flavors are fantastic, and so much more convenient than driving all the way to ShaveIt. :)
I searched hard for this thread since I was just craving some shaved ice. I just got back from giving it a try. First off the owners are very nice people form New Orleans, they god for Chowhound since they read this to and are open minded. To bad you cant please everyone since they dont have sugar free but hey the ice isn't fatening. I sampled the Red Velvet Cake and didn't get the flavor I was after and ended up buying a strawberry cheescake flavored ice which was very refreshing. On a hot summer day especially I would return, you cant beat the $3.00 price and the flavored syrup did go nice while crunching on the ice.
My two cents,
Te huge amounts of sugar in the regular syrups will g right to fat (stored energy in the bod is fat) unless you exercise vigorously within 1/2 hr after eating it.
Sugra is calories, same amount per gram as fat, calories unused by the body is stored as fat for "later use". Fat free is NOT calorie free, and thus can make one just as fat.
My two cents: No, the ice isn't fattening, but regular sugary syrups ARE.
Some people are OK with that, and that's fine. But if I can get yumminess that is also sugar free, oh heck yea, it's worth going out of my way for.
Okay, I've been there twice. I love shaved ice!
With all of those flavors I got the same thing both times... Margarita which is basically a lemon-lime flavor. Very refreshing!
I know the rent has to be horrendous. I'd love to see them sharing a corner of someone else's store to save on the rent. They really don't need an entire store for shaved ice.
They would also do better west of Van Nuys because there is more walk by traffic.
Bring in Boudin and I'll be there daily!
Great idea and I wish them well!